Sonoma District Attorney wants John Mark Karr
to face child pornography charges
John Mark Karr
Photo courtesy Royal Thailand Police
By James Lanaras, Bay City News Service
August 28, 2006
SANTA ROSA (BCN) - Sonoma County intends to prosecute
John Mark Karr on five misdemeanor charges of possession of child
pornography on his computer now that Boulder, Colo. authorities
are not trying Karr for the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, District
Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said this afternoon.
Prosecutors in Colorado said this afternoon they will not prosecute
Karr for the December 1996 murder of the 6-year-old beauty pageant
contestant because DNA tests do not place Karr at the scene despite
his claim he was with the girl when she died.
Passalacqua said his office notified Colorado authorities that
Sonoma County wants Karr extradicted. Passalacqua said that could
take 30 days or less time if Karr waives extradition.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must issue a warrant for extradition,
Passalacqua said, and the county Sheriff's Department will travel
to Colorado to accompany Karr back to Sonoma County.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for Karr in Colorado Tuesday
afternoon, Passalacqua said.
Karr will eventually appear in Sonoma County on a warrant for
his arrest that was issued when he failed to make a court appearance
in December 2001. Further court dates will then be set, Passalacqua
"The main purpose of the extradition is the fact that he
has to register as a sex offender,'' Passalacqua said. Karr faces
a year in the county jail if he is convicted of each of the five
misdemeanor charges, but Passalacqua said there will likely be
defense arguments for a lesser sentence because the alleged offenses
are believed to have occurred on the same date.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Joan Risse will handle the prosecution,
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Sonoma County
Superior Court on a motion by Bay Area media to unseal arrest
and search warrant documents on Karr's 2001 Sonoma County case.
Passalacqua said his office will oppose unsealing the documents
to protect the integrity of Karr's pending case in Sonoma County.
The documents were unsealed in August 2001 but were sealed by
two Sonoma County judges on Aug. 16 and 18, 2006 after Karr surfaced
as a suspect in Ramsey's murder.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department reported last week it
never uncovered any confession statements or overt evidence that
Karr murdered Ramsey or had secret knowledge that only her killer
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